Playing Ice Hockey for the First Time

December 23, 2012 Leave a comment

If I told you that you had to wait 20 years to achieve your goal, would you stick with it and follow through? For me the goal that took 20 years was to play ice hockey. I have mentioned it a few times on this blog that I have been playing roller hockey since I was a kid and for one reason or another did not have the opportunity to play ice. There were times when I felt that it would never happen. Whether it was because of financial reasons or injuries there were times when the door was open to quit, but I never gave into it. I was able to re-frame the given situation and envision myself achieving this goal with crystal clear clarity. Well at the end of this year I was able to finally make my dream come true. Read more…

Sports Hernia Surgery and Recovery

December 3, 2012 10 comments

After approximately five months of physical therapy my attempt to avoid the operating table came to an end. The majority of sports hernia injuries end up with the person requiring surgery and you can add me to the statistics. I got injured the first week of April 2012 and went through countless doctors, blogs, and forums until I finally found the right doctor. We tried the conservative approach of physical therapy and when that was unsuccessful I chose to get surgery and had it the first week of September 2012.

There are several different techniques used to repair a sports hernia and you can find documentation arguing the pros and cons of each of them. Because of this it made it that much more difficult to track down the right doctor (for me). In my case Dr. Robert MacDonald recommended repairing the sports hernia with flexible mesh as well as releasing the adductor on my right side, the same side as the sports hernia. After doing my research I felt comfortable with the approach and scheduled my surgery. Read more…

Message Inside My Blocker

July 26, 2012 1 comment

Message Inside My Blocker

“Fear is the mind killer. Only the next save matters.”

There are times in the middle of a game or practice when your mental training is not working. You work hard on trying to be in the moment, not dwell on prior goals or games, to believe in your ability and have that unshakeable confidence. We are all human and no one is perfect. There will be times when you doubt yourself, when you think you have no chance at stopping that penalty shot. When you are struggling inside your own head you need some type of interruption to change your thought pattern. Read more…

Three Months and Counting

July 19, 2012 5 comments

It has now been over three months since I stopped running and playing hockey due to a sports hernia. I started off with physical therapy two times a week for a few weeks and saw little improvement. Over the past three months I have seen a decent improvement with the exercises and amount of weight I use at the gym. I am now able to bend backwards without holding onto the bar for decline bench presses and use the arc trainer. The problem is that I am still unable to run in any capacity, I cannot do any goaltending stretches that involve lunges, and I am unable to skate. During the past three months I have not stopped researching sports hernia’s in the hope that I finally come across a doctor who truly has experience with them. I am happy to say that the search is over. Read more…

Importance of Upper Body Workouts

July 12, 2012 Leave a comment

You will typically find more articles, blog posts, forums, and videos focusing on lower body and core strength in regards to exercises you should do to be a successful goaltender. It seems that a lot of goalie’s out there do little or completely ignore any upper body exercises. It is true you need to be a great skater and have unbelievable core strength to be an awesome goalie, but you’d be surprised how much of an important role your upper body factors in as well. Read more…

The Next Save Is All That Matters

July 9, 2012 1 comment

From different teachings around the world such as Buddhism it is taught that all we have is right now. This very moment and nothing else. What has happened is the past and cannot be changed, and what could happen in the future is out of your reach as well. Besides the enormous benefits of applying this principle to your everyday life, it can have a significant impact on your goaltending. Read more…

Hand-Eye Coordination Drill: Juggling

June 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Around the time I was going into Junior High School my grandmother gave me a unique gift for the holidays. She gave me the Juggling for the Complete Klutz, which came with an instruction book and 3 bean bags. I have always liked brain teasers and puzzles, so the juggling kit was right up my alley. I do not remember how long it took to learn how to juggle, but I enjoyed every minute of it. I did not know at the time that juggling would play an essential role in my goaltending. Read more…

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